Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Business | By Max Garcia

Three Indigo-operated A320neo planes grounded after Airbus engine issue

Three Indigo-operated A320neo planes grounded after Airbus engine issue

A senior DGCA official said three Airbus A320neo planes of IndiGo have been taken out of operation because of some technical issues.

A European safety bulletin, effectively grounding aircraft that have already been delivered with two engines from the same suspect batch, affects about 15-20 aircraft already in service, they said.

"This problem is isolated and limited", assured Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of the U.S. industrial conglomerate United Technologies.

Firstly, EASA has said that if an aircraft with both engines being affected has completed three flight cycles after the issuance of the airworthiness directive, it should not operate. Airbus has informed its affected A320neo customers and operators.

"Our precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft resulted in cancellations of some of our flights". "We identified the potentially affected engines and got in touch with the customers".

"In full and complete compliance with the requirements, none of GoAir aircraft have two of these engines on the same aircraft", the carrier said in a statement, adding that no aircraft is required to be grounded.

"This is something done hand-in-hand with the regulators to put some teeth behind the recommendations that we made", an Airbus spokesperson said.

IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, said that it is in contact with Pratt & Whitney to address the results of a recent finding.

An issue with some engines built by Pratt &Whitney could ground some Airbus planes and limit how long others can fly. Eleven planes are now, according to the source, grounded the time to change the engines.

"To date, 113 P&W powered A320 neo family aircraft are flying with 18 customers", Airbus said in a statement.

This is the second problem affecting Pratt & Whitney GTF engines since the start of their marketing, the first causing delays in 2017 in delivery of the A320neo, the re-engined version of Airbus' single-aisle plane.

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